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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Yankees' YES men

When it comes to the New York Yankees, the YES network has all the objectivity of a proud mother displaying her kindergartner’s artwork on the refrigerator door.

That said, I have no doubt the powers-that-be at YES will waste no time in dubbing Wednesday night’s Bombers-Bosox game — a 15-9 win for the Pinstripers that lasted, typically, more than four hours — a “Yankee Classic” and start rebroadcasting it ad nauseum as soon as possible.

The reality is that the game was dreadful. Indeed, any baseball game that features 30 hits and 14 runs — including 10 runs in one interminable inning — is notable only for bad pitching and how incapable each side was of getting the other out.

“Classic” means “serving as a standard of excellence” or “notable as the best example.” Wednesday night’s game was no more classic than a Little League contest in which each team keeps scoring the maximum allowable runs per inning.



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